It appears that Apple, Inc. is building a fairly strong foundation for enterprise in the corporate world, ensuring a long-lasting relationship as customers are even developing custom apps for their employees.
In Apple’s third quarter conference call, CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted the strength of the company’s growth. According to ZDNet, he was quoted as saying that 91% of Fortune 500 companies are either testing or have deployed iPhones within their company.
These numbers are up from 87% last year, while Global 500 weighs in at 57%. This is said to be attributed to employee demand and opportunities for custom app development.
Oppenheimer went on to brag about the effect that the iPad is having on the corporate world as well. ZDNet quoted him as saying:
Today 86% of the Fortune 500 are deploying or testing iPad within their enterprises, up from 75% last quarter. We are also seeing strong adoption internationally with 47% of Global 500 companies testing or deploying iPad. In the 15 months since iPad has shipped, we have seen iPad used in the enterprise in ways we could have never imagined.
The iPad had become a fixture at Boston Scientific, Xerox and Salesforce.com. Custom apps are also being developed for General Electric, SAP and Standard Charter. Alaska and American Airlines are using the iPad in cockpits as navigational and reference information.
When corporations adopt technology on such a large scale, it all but guarantees the longevity of the company. Switching programs can be a major expense and a major pain. The iPhone and iPad have extended their lead in enterprise and will likely not have to ever look back.